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Requiem by Lauren Oliver

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Cover via Goodreads.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

Every book has its beginnings. A fresh protagonist to fall in love with, a new world to explore, a story to watch play out. By the end of the book, it’s time to say goodbye to what we’ve come to know – not only the settings that have taken root in our minds or the characters who have made their way into our hearts, but the lessons we’ve learned. With series, I find this more difficult; with several books and hundreds and hundreds of pages to entrench ourselves in, it should be more gut-wrenching, more bittersweet. But when I put Requiem down, it wasn’t as devastating as I wanted it to be… it wasn’t anything at all, really. Continue reading

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Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

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Rating: 4/5 stars.

Pandemonium, the second book in the Delirium series, delineates Lena’s fight to free herself from a society in which love is illegal and passion is proscribed. She meets new friends, new foes, and in the process paves the path to meeting her new, stronger self.

There is no doubt that Lauren Oliver has a lovely way with words. Her writing is controlled, yet beautiful – it’s not over the top or overbearing, and effectively conveys Lena’s emotions and describes the setting so that readers can practically see it themselves. Here’s one quote that I liked: Continue reading

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Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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Rating: 4/5 stars.

A powerful story of a dystopian world where love is a disease, and that at the age of eighteen everyone undergoes a procedure to have love removed from their bodies. While the surgery is not full proof and something could go wrong, it is better than falling victim to amor deliria nervosa.

Lena has accepted this fact at a young age. She saw the destructive effect of love first-hand, bearing witness as it tore her mother apart and took her away. Now she eagerly awaits her own procedure and the promise of normalcy it entails. Then, the unthinkable happens: she becomes infatuated with a boy only a little older than she. Love has infiltrated Lena’s once impenetrable world, and the worst part is that she cannot get enough of it.

I enjoyed this tale where love is illegal and any display of affection is an illicit act. Oliver shows her multifarious authoring abilities as this book was definitely different from Before I Fall. In both, however, she utilizes stylistic devices that set her apart from other young-adult authors: like the little excerpts at the beginning of each chapter, or her beautiful description of setting. Her writing is fantastic but not florid, compassionate while remaining concise.

I am looking forward to the next installment in the Delirium series. The plot in this one was a little slow-moving, but possibly because it serves as a buffer for the next two books.

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